“The ramifications of COVID-19 will be felt for a long time, but no one will feel it more than Canada’s youth. The disruption in their education and employment opportunities will have lasting effects on their lives and on Canada for years,” said Mathyssen. “Instead of using existing programs to make it easier on students, the Liberals have asked them to rely on this now stalled program. It cannot go ahead because ethics rules might have been broken by the PM and his Liberal government. This program just isn’t working. Students shouldn’t have to wait for the government to get its act together. They need work and financial compensation now.”
New Democrats are asking the government to cancel the complicated program clouded by potential ethics problems and transfer the funds to the Canada Summer Jobs program or give grants directly to the volunteer sector. This would ensure jobs will be accessible for students who need help right now.